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Judge sentences Denison man accused of killing woman with car

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GRAYSON COUNTY -- Wednesday, the man accused of killing a Denison woman while she sat in a living room learned he will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Richard Taylor's mother wept leaving the courtroom and eventually needed medical help.

She'd just heard a judge hand down her son's sentence: 60 years in prison for murder and 20 years in prison for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The sentences will run concurrently.

"It know it's extremely painful for both families. It hurt the victims family to have the accident and it hurt Richard's family to be sentenced to 60 years in prison," defense attorney Scott Smith said.

Taylor pleaded guilty in April.

He was behind the wheel of a red Cadillac when it slammed into a home in Denison in January 2013.

Jennifer Comstock, 28, was inside. She was hit and killed.

A blood analysis revealed Taylor had methamphetamine in his system.

"He went into a meth rage, struck a vehicle, left the scene of an accident and then drove into a house," Grayson County assistant district attorney Donald Carter said.

Comstock's family said she was pregnant at the time. But in court Wednesday, prosecutors said there's never been proof of that.

"What the family has told me is she had taken a home pregnancy test and she was scheduling a visit to see her doctor," Carter said.

A crash reconstruction specialist said Taylor was going 59 miles per hour when he hit the home and that the hood of the Cadillac became unlatched because Taylor was bumping an SUV in front of him.

The specialist said the hood flew up covering the windshield for a block-and-a-half.

"The accident itself was almost physically impossible to comprehend," Smith said.

In a wheelchair, Taylor testified through tears Wednesday. He apologized and said he didn't remember much about the minutes leading up the wreck. He also said he didn't remember doing meth.

"I have spoken to the victim's families, specifically Jennifer's mom. She's relieved that this is over with, she's happy it's over with," Carter said.

By pleading guilty, Taylor waived his right to an appeal.

He is eligible for parole in about 30 years.

Comstock leaves behind a family, including an 8-year-old son.